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If naming a “Greatest Exercise of All Time” was a thing, the Turkish get up would unquestionably hold its own near the top of that theoretical list. This kettlebell exercise is not only used as a tool of conditioning (seeing increases in strength and endurance), but also coordination (demanding qualities like stability, kinesthetic awareness, reaction, and adaptability mid-movement). If performed correctly, it can be a foundational component to anyone’s movement practice. If not, well… That’s probably why you’ve stumbled across this blog.

Troubleshooting the Turkish Get Up or TGU:

There are two very common areas at which things break down during the performance of a TGU.
1) The start position and first step.
2) The transition from half kneeling to standing. (Click > HERE < to see that post)

In today’s post, I want to focus on one — the start position.

The Get Up is a lift that begins lying supine, i.e. facing upward, with the load in a single arm. Either you’ve felt, or you can probably imagine, how difficult it is just getting the body off the floor.

Well we’re here to help! Instead of attempting a directly vertical, sit-up-esk start, think about using the loaded side’s bent leg to push you onto the down elbow. You’ll be moving diagonally off the floor versus vertically, making it easier to start the TGU.

Trouble picturing this? Watch the short video below showing a before and after of the right technique to use.

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If you’re looking for more information regarding Turkish Get Ups, our Head Coach Michael has filmed a very in-depth look at the movement, going over all its nuances step by step. You can find that >> HERE <<

Taylor Gish is an Exclusive Coach at MSP Fitness and Lead Instructor to the Strength+Endurance Program. His individual training focus is on the sport of Olympic Weightlifting where he has been competing locally and nationally since 2013. Taylor enjoys spending time with his wife and kids, cooking, and lecturing on health and fitness as an adjunct professor at his alma mater.


If you try out our tip for improving your Turkish Get Ups, let us know! You can always find us at mspfitness.com, on social media, or swing by our facility located in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. At MSP Fitness, we love to lift, but we also love to lift well. We are a gym that is all about giving you options to pursue fitness and smash your goals, setting new ones along the way! We’ve been serving the West Metro, South Minneapolis, and larger Twin Cities community since 2009, offering private, semi-private, and group training options.

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